061222: Vanikapila 23.22


Alooooha UFOhana,

Hope you’ve all been enjoying the respite from the hot weather. Though it was pretty warm this week, we did have some really “hot” ukulele events this past week.

Starting with a great outdoor Welcoming dinner for the Elks visiting AVP after which we kanikapila’d the night away. Mahalo nui loa to the Elks for including the UFOhana.

Click above to view online photos and videos.

Then Saturday, was Ken’s Concert and Kanikapila at Hale Pendry. What a fantastic event that was. Click below to view the photos and videos from last Saturday. Mahalo nui loa to Carolyn and Ken for putting on such a great event and to all that helped and participated. Please feel free to upload your photos to either of the albums. I’m sure your ‘Ohana would be glad you shared.

So this Saturday we’re back to our regular programming . . .

Click above to join in virtually.

If you’ll be joining us IRL (In Real Life), you’ll need to be fully Vax and boosted. Wearing masks is highly recommended and as always, text me at 415-300-7804 if you’ll be attending IRL.

Remember to text Nohea at 415-572-1175 for song requests if you cannot get through the Live Stream chat.

And a big Congratulations to Marty Albion for being named Marin’s Bike Champion of the Year! Click here to view the Marin IJ article (subscription required).

Mahalo to Don and Gary for sharing . . .

Da ‘kine of the week . . .

From Pidgin to Da Max (full title: Peppo’s Pidgin to Da Max) by Douglas Simonson, Pat Sasaki, and Ken Sakata


mahalo nui,
giving thanks is so simple,
sometimes we forget . . .

Mahalo to Pauline, Don, Lois, Carolyn, Ted, Susan, Kimo, Sandy, Laura, Ralph, Wally, Lynnette, Linda & Marty, Ken, Joe Tato, Melann, Dan-O, Alan K, and my beloved Nohea for all the support you give to the UFOhana and myself during this difficult time in my life. For always being there. Helping with not just with all the heavy gear, setup and tear down, but with making my heart a lot less heavier as well . . . couldn’t (keep) do(ing) it with out you all . . . Me ke aloha pumehana,

Aloha a hui hou,


. . . lookin’ out my back door . . .


060922: No Vanikapila This Week – Concert Update . . .


For those of you attending the Ken Concert, Potluck, Kanikapila. Because of the extreme heat conditions Carolyn and Ken will be changing the schedule of events up a little bit.

Do potluck first and guests can eat and gather in the cooler spots of the yard. Then Ken plays. Break for dessert. Then Kanikapila.

If someone is not hungry they can eat dinner at dessert break. This way the food will not spoil in the heat.

So in short, we start around the same time but now the order of events are Potluck, Ken Concert, dessert break/dinner for those who want and then Kanikapila.

Be sure to bring your music stands, Big Flight Manual, music lights, book clips, etc. , etc. , etc. as Yule Brenner would say . . .

Btw, we’ll be playing at the Marin County Fair, July 2, 11:30a-12:30p this year. Tickets are limited so please RSVP / ASAP, by sending me an email: kaleikoa@piko.ws, if you want to perform on stage with us.

They are encouraging the audience to bring their own Ukuleles so they can Kanikapila us! How cool is that?

As with previous County Kanikapilas, I’ll be providing song books to the both the UFOhana on Stage and for the audience.

More details to come . . . I know return you to your regular programming . . .




Aloha UFOhana,

Though we are not are not having Vanikapila this Saturday, we are having a Kanikapila at the San Rafael Elks Lodge this Friday. Please click below to reserve a special Luau Style Dinner the visiting Elks AVP, asap as Joe needs to plan for the dinner quantity. Mahalo.

Then we’re having a second Kanikapila at Ken’s Concert below. There are still a few seats left. Click the image below to RSVP on our Events Page while they’re still available. Payment at the Event Venue.

Click above to view this past Saturday’s Vanikapila


straining for a breath,
each a request for release,
then one silent sigh . . .

My father, Delfin De la Cruz, Sr., passed today at 6:15pm our time. He was 90 years old. Though I could not be at his side. I witnessed his passing through a “Daddy Cam” my sister had setup and was actually able to communicate with them. The only thing missing was being able to touch him. Though my brothers and sisters made sure to touch and kiss him for me. I was able to send him one last, “I Love You Dad” before he passed. My sister, Susan, said he actually tried to open his eyes when he heard my voice . . . a father to the end.

On behalf of Familia Medina, Linda and Myself, I wish to extend a Maraming Salamat Po (Thank You very much) to the UFOhana for all your prayers and mana you sent to my Tatay (Father) during his final journey home. He worked hard for most of his 90 years to support his family of 6 children and 13 or so grand and great grand children. Working through 4 Careers, until our higher power told him it was finally time to retire . . . once last time.

Rest well my dear father and thank you for sharing your love and name with me.


aloha oe papa . . .